(REUTERS, March 24th) Egyptian police fired tear gas and shot bullets in the air in the coastal city of Port Said today as clashes continued over the closure of the city’s football club.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) banned the club, al-Masry, for two seasons for a pitch invasion that killed 74 fans last month, the most deadly incident since the protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak last year.
The EFA ordered Port Said Stadium, where the stampede took place after al-Masry beat Cairo’s Al Ahli, to be closed for three years.
According to witnesses, one person was shot dead and 18 were injured when clashes erupted on Friday night, following the announcement.
The EFA said in a statement that Masry’s soccer activities would be suspended for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons. The club would be reinstated to the Egyptian Premier League in the 2013/14 season, the statement said.